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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

July 31, 2019

Lightning and the Voyage So Far!

Richard Colgrove & Drew Morris

Sweating it out in the Lobster Suits

Today, the students of the Cramer began the day with a breakfast for all, followed by the announcements of watches and the start of emergency drills. We practiced how to respond to three different emergencies: fire, man overboard, and prepare to abandon ship. Everyone on the ship has a duty during one of these emergency scenarios. Despite the fact that it was very warm during the morning, all of the students donned emergency exposure suits which are designed to protect students from the now-nineteen degree Celsius waters. Getting into one of the so-called “lobster suits” (named because of the bright red-orange color and the fact that the spaces for hands resemble the claws of a lobster) was no easy task, given the bulkiness of the suit and lack of dexterity once inside.

After the emergency scenarios and drills were finished, students went to lunch in two different sittings based on their watch. Other students helped the steward and assistant steward (Cody and Marie who prepared very delicious food) set the tables and clean up.

After lunch, the two groups that had gone aloft and done water color lessons from yesterday switched. Going aloft provided a magnificent view and isn’t as frightening as it appeared. The water color group did a swatch and then created an image of one of the nearby islands.

The Cramer was initially slated to begin sailing this afternoon for Stellwagen Bank, an area rich in marine life, but an approaching thunderstorm delayed our departure from being at anchor.

Stellwagen Bank is known to be a whale feeding ground as it has an abundance of microorganisms. We had a lesson about the tools of oceanography and how we will be visiting three different superstations that feature a wide variety of marine life. The students then chose different measurements to focus on comparing from the three different areas to see if patterns about the ocean, and how the ocean changes, can be established.

Around 1500, large storm clouds gathered and lightning could be seen in flashes. The sound of thunder was carried with the winds, which had previously been quiet for most of the day, picked up speed. The students were sent below decks during the duration while the professional crew handled the ship. The boat was moving around more than it had before and the winds hit 57 knots (around 60 mph) a couple times.  In the main salon, the tabletops were gimbled so that they could swing as the ship moved, causing quite a bit of movement in the main salon.

The storm has ended and the ship plans to sail for Stellwagen Bank tomorrow around 0530. Stay tuned for the further posts from this blog as the voyage continues.

- Richard and Drew



Hope Eric is doing well, have fun exploring the Eastern seaboard. Saw some whales today and the sunrises & sunsets have been beautiful. See you in Maine -Richard Colgrove

Categories: Corwith Cramer,SEA Expedition, • Topics: sea expedition 2  life at sea • (7) Comments
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#1. Posted by Kara Long on August 01, 2019

Oh my word!  That is some wind!  Lucky to have a great crew and a tough ship.

#2. Posted by Tuyet Kerrigan on August 01, 2019

Seems like never a dull moment on board!

#3. Posted by Andrew Weber on August 01, 2019

Thanks to the crew for keeping everyone safe! Sounds like a bit of excitement at the start of the trip…..

#4. Posted by Cristy Basa (Samuel's Mom) on August 01, 2019

Wow! What an experience to expose the students to the “real” life at sea. Glad they have the skillful guidance of the professional crew to weather the storm. Thank you!! Wishing you all fair winds and calm seas for the rest of your voyage! Looking forward to your next adventures. We miss you Samuel!

#5. Posted by H Stafford McCoart on August 01, 2019

Were you able to witness St. Elmo’s fire on the masts as the storm approached?

It would be nice to see photos of the students at work if possible
and not too much of a problem.

We’re all hoping you see the whales at Stellwagen Banks

Happy Sailing.  Weather ahead looks very good!

#6. Posted by Monika on August 01, 2019

Best wishes to all of you!
Hope no more storms like that.

#7. Posted by Eric on August 03, 2019

Thanks for the updates and the wishful thinking, I hope you are having fun as well. We finished second at Cooperstown and I had a lot of fun. New York is also fun, we got some stuff for you and we look forward to seeing you next Saturday.



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